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The Serious Hazards That Thunderstorms Present | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton if you experience any damage.

During the warmer months of the year, thunderstorms occur with quite a bit of regularity as conditions for them become very favorable. Though they may start to feel rather routine, it is important to take every thunderstorm seriously as they all present the potential for damages.

Each thunderstorm will bring the potential for heavy rains, extreme winds and lightning strikes, and can cause hail and flash flooding as well.

Thunderstorms always contain both thunder and lightning, which are quite dangerous on their own. If a thunderstorm is elevated to severe, it will also contain hail larger than an inch around and winds faster than 58 miles per hour, making the situation even more extreme. Because of the dangers of all of these conditions, it is vital that you make sure you are taking thunderstorms seriously.

Why Thunderstorms Should Be Taken Seriously

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. If there is thunder present, the storm will always also contain lightning strikes, whether they are striking between the clouds or towards the ground. Lightning is a powerful thing that is documented as causing a minimum of 300 injuries every year. In addition to causing physical harm, lightning can also cause significant property damage due to fires and felled trees.

Property damage due to hail. Though not every thunderstorm contains hail, the ones that do are generally more serious than the ones that do not. Hail can fall with tremendous speeds from the sky, causing damage to anyone who is not adequately sheltered. Additionally, hail can cause serious property damage if it impacts the roof or siding of a home, as it can provide easy access for water damage to begin.

Harm from flash flooding. Flash flooding is something that can happen anywhere, at any time and in a very short period. When it is raining heavily, flash flooding becomes extremely likely due to storm drains becoming overwhelmed. This means that flash flooding can happen nearly anywhere and put everyone in the area in danger. In just a few inches of water, a car can be carried away or a person can be knocked off their feet.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Indicators That Your Basement Has Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is a full restoration company. Our restoration experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course.

Purchasing or living in a home that has a basement is a great option for many families. Basements provide extra storage, supplemental safety from severe weather threats and can even add to the square footage of your home if they are finished living spaces.

Overall, a basement is a wonderful asset—but it is important that homeowners know how to care for it.

While many basements will last the lifetime of a home without water damage incidents, it is vital that homeowners understand what could possibly happen in case there are issues in the future.

Understanding what to look for early on will help you catch any water damage before it balloons into a major issue, making it much easier (and cheaper) to handle. If you do ever notice any of these indicators of water damage, it is important to contact us right away.

What to Watch Out for in Regard to Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. The majority of water damage incidents we see in basements involves “clean” water (i.e. rainwater or runoff), but even still, the water can become unpleasant and murky over time. As the water evaporates, it can leave behind a pungent odor that many people find to be synonymous with basements that is a result of mold and mildew developing at the site.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. There is a common misconception that painting a water damaged area will help “seal the water in,” but unfortunately, this is not the case. While paint can mask water damage for a time, it does little more than cover up the issue. Eventually, paint will begin to flake, bubble, crack or peel as evidence of the water damage that is actively occurring underneath.

Foundational cracks. As a home settles and shifts with weather and age, it is not uncommon for small cracks to develop throughout the home. As long as these remain hairline cracks, there is no cause for concern. However, if larger cracks develop on walls, ceilings or in the floor that is a sign that there is potentially water damage and you should have someone come take a look right away.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

Backyard Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton to learn more.

Many of us spend most of the fall and winter looking ahead to the spring and summer months. We yearn for the warmer weather, and the longer days.

There’s just something about it that feels fresh and inviting. Nature beckons us outdoors, and we spend more time enjoying nature.

We might even decide to get serious about those New Year’s goals we set back in January. Or maybe they’ll wait another month…

These months also typically include a bevy of backyard activities—cookouts, family reunions, gender reveals and graduation celebrations all call us to break out the grill and party. But this season also brings with it an increase in fire activity across the country.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. But with a little attention, you can ensure all your backyard plans go off without a hitch this year.

The grill. Let’s face it; grills are potential hazards, no matter how much we may love using them. Always make sure your grill works and is free of damage or leaks. Use it responsibly and never add liquid accelerants. And clean that thing after you’re done—almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. If you love to gather around a pit with friends, just be sure you’re doing it responsibly. Never use leaves or pine needles to add to the fire, as they may create flying embers. Never allow an unattended fire, or unattended children or pets near it. And keep a bucket of water at arm’s length to take care of any errant flames, and to slowly douse the fire until it’s cool when you’re done.

Chimneys and dryer vents. While you’re thinking about fire safety anyway, go ahead and get your chimney cleaned so you’re not burning into a dangerous soot buildup in the fall. And check your dryer’s vent pipe for highly flammable lint trapped inside.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Let Us Create a Safe Environment for Your Customers and Employees | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton team.

With regional seats like Macon and smaller areas like Dublin and Vidalia finally experiencing reprieve from the COVID-19 pandemic, signs are abundant that what we once called “normal” life is making a comeback, and business owners are part of that collective expectation.

But customers and workers alike are now more aware than ever of the potential risks in shared spaces, and they want to be assured that your concern for their well-being doesn’t stop with the end of COVID-19 restrictions.

The people who enter your building need to know their health is as much in the forefront of your mind as your profit margin—they need to know your business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives customers and business teams the security they need when returning back to physical business locations by providing the ultimate level of cleanliness and sanitation, far beyond traditional janitorial services.

Call to mind the cleanest your building has ever been. Now add in a blend of state-of-the-art biohazard procedures and technologies that far outshine traditional cleaning methods—now you’re beginning to get the idea.

What makes this program so special? Let’s look at the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Clean:

Consult. There’s no other business quite like yours, and we understand that you have a specific set of cleaning and sanitation needs. We’ll work with you to find out what those are, and how we can best implement the necessary solutions. It helps that every SERVPRO office is locally owned and operated, so we are already aware of many intricacies of central Georgia.

Clean. Once we’ve got a feel for the needs of your business, we’ll start putting our tools and technicians to work. We’ll be on site with proprietary, ultra-high-grade cleaning solutions and techniques not available from anyone else. Your building will be operating at an extreme level of clean, one that always meets or exceeds strict standards established by the CDC. This addresses any continued concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, but it goes much deeper, reducing the risk of illness or infection from a host of airborne and surface borne pathogens.

Certify. Your teams and customers will know before they even walk in that you’ve gone the extra mile to protect them, because you’ll be displaying the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in your window or on your door. This lets everyone who passes know that your business has done what few are willing to do to put customer well-being first.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Ready to sell? Old tenants moving out? Let us help you get your home ready.

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Whether you are trying to sell your home or you have renters moving out or even after a water loss in your home, getting your house ready for new people can be very exhausting.

When it comes to selling your home, it can be extremely overwhelming working with realtors, inspections, and potential buyers.

Lucky for you, SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is happy to clean your house and get it ready for showings and the sale. With our highly trained crews, we are prepared to help with any cleaning task ranging from mold remediation to deodorization to general cleaning services including carpet cleanings. We have helped many homeowners prepare and sell their homes with a top to bottom cleaning. We have also helped a lot of apartment complexes clean after the lease ends and a new one is beginning. 

Our thorough cleaning services can include wiping ceilings and walls, trim, the exterior of baseboard registers, and cleaning the inside and outside of kitchen and bathroom appliances. Window cleaning and floor cleaning are a great way to finish the project up and add the final sparkle to your fresh home.

We would be happy to set up a time for an estimator to come onsite to answer any questions you may have, and to get you a good idea of what the project would entail and cost. SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is always here to help.

What to do if you find water in your light fixtures

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Your roof is the crowning element of your home in Dublin,GA, and you expect that it will protect your family for the duration of your lifetime there. But sometimes a leak can occur because of lack of maintenance, a broken pipe in the ceiling or damage from a storm. A leak can cause all kinds of damage, but often the first indication of a problem is finding water in light fixtures.

What To do If You Find Water in a Light Fixture

Discovering that water is dripping through a ceiling fixture can be the start of a nightmare, especially if it is not handled correctly. Here are some guidelines to help you understand some of the steps that need to be taken.

If the damage is from a storm, you will need to have the roof repaired and have a water and mold restoration company come and check for wood rot or black mold in the crawlspace and have the roof repaired.

If you have water in light fixtures because of a broken pipe in the ceiling, the first thing you need to do is shut off the water main so it stops flooding.

Turn off the electricity to that light fixture so you don’t get electrocuted – electricity and water can be a lethal mix.

What To do Next

Once the power and water have been shut off, a specialist in Lenox Square,GA should inspect for ceiling damage and help determine what is needed for repair. The sheetrock will likely need to come down and the crawl space dried thoroughly. Insulation and sheetrock may need to be replaced and the wiring needs to be evaluated for safety. The light fixture may need to be replaced as well, rather than risking electrical danger.

Never overlook water in light fixtures, as it is a sign of something that needs to be checked out, Hoping it will just dry out and go away could be a serious mistake. Make sure your roof is in good repair and have your pipes inspected to help prevent future problems.

Steps To Take To Mitigate Roof Damage

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Steps To Take To Mitigate Roof Damage

When you have a Vidalia,GA, home roof damage from the weather may be something you’re concerned about. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help mitigate this possibility. Here are a few things that many storm damage restoration professionals recommend to help protect your home.

1. It’s Best To Act Quickly if Damage is Found

Not all damage comes from hail or rain. Wind damage, and extensive sun can also lead to some problems with your roof. Knowing what to look for can allow you to act quickly when signs of damage are found. Doing so may help mitigate long-term costs by preventing the damage from growing.

2. The Roof Should Be Inspected Regularly

Many experts recommend looking over your home for roof damage at least twice a year. Doing so may help you spot potential issues that needs to be taken care of before damage has a chance to grow any worse. You may also want to inspect your roof after any large storms. If you're unsure what to look for, or if what you found counts as damage, then a professional may be able to do an assessment.

3. Protect the Roof Until Repairs Can Be Made

In the event you find damage on your roof, protective measures can be taken. Calling a professional as soon as you suspect damage may have occurred can help you schedule a repair appointment before things can get any worse. They may also recommend that you place a tarp or board over damaged area to prevent further issues.

When working to protect your home from roof damage it's important to remember that any potential problems should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Many experts recommend looking your roof over at least twice a year and after any major storms. If you do find damage you can protect your home by placing tarps or boards over the area until a professional can arrive.

4 Water-Related Problems to Watch For

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

4 Water-Related Problems to Watch For

The structural integrity of your commercial property in Dublin,GA, relies on an intact, dependable plumbing system. When something goes wrong, such as a blocked sewer, it can cause significant water damage that can end up costing thousands of dollars to repair. Keeping an eye out for signs of trouble can help you fix a problem before it gets too out of hand.

Old Sewer Lines

If your building has cast iron sewer lines, they may have been installed more than 25 years ago. While they are sturdy, nothing lasts forever. Some signs that your sewer lines are deteriorating include:

  • Frequent drain clogs
  • Sludge or warped appearance in landscaping
  • Smell of sewer gas

If you call your plumber early, you may be able to repair the most worn out pipes. Otherwise, your blocked sewer could mean you need to replace the whole system.

Pipe Damage

Whether inside or underneath your building, pipe breaks can cause quite a bit of damage. Factors such as extreme temperatures and poor water quality can weaken pipes. Call water restoration specialists as soon as you notice the problem in order to avoid secondary damage such as mold growth.

Toilet Backup

A common occurrence in commercial buildings is toilet overflow. A clogged toilet on one floor can not only cause problems in that restroom but also in the floor below as it seeps down through the ceiling. Have restrooms checked frequently not just for cleanliness but also for necessary maintenance.

Foundation Damage

Over time, plumbing problems can dampen and displace your soil, affecting the stability of your building's foundation. If your foundation cracks, you will likely see the effects when cracks show up on your exterior walls or when the building shift makes doors harder to open and close.
A blocked sewer doesn't just affect your plumbing system; it can cause problems throughout your building. Fast detection and remediation are the keys to minimizing the damage sewer problems can cause.

Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing an event as devastating as a house fire is something that takes time to recover from, both emotionally and physically. Even small, quickly extinguished fires can cause damage throughout a home that must be dealt with to keep your family safe.

While recovering quickly is important, recovering safely is the most important thing—that is why we have put together some helpful guidelines for house fire recovery with safety in mind.

Helpful Guidelines for House Fire Recovery

Prepare yourself for what to expect. While some fires may cause charring, odor and not much else in the way of damage, others may require firefighters to take extreme actions to battle the flames. It can be difficult to determine from the outside how extensive the fire damage is, so be sure you are mentally prepared to see the damages firsthand.

Wait to enter your home. Fires can cause quite a bit of hidden structural damage throughout the home, which is why you should never enter a fire-damaged building until it is deemed safe. The risk of injury and further harm is too high, so always consult with your local officials and wait for their approval before you head inside.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance policy provides different coverages and processes as part of your agreement, so it is important to check with them early on to get details on how to file your claim. They will be able to give you personalized advice on how to proceed and maximize your claim in accordance with your specific policy.

Document the damages. Though dealing with the details regarding damaged belongings is unpleasant, documenting everything thoroughly will be helpful to you and to your insurance company as you file a claim. Make an inventory list of everything that has been impacted by the fire and be sure to take plenty of photos as well.

Contact your restoration company. Being able to count on your restoration company in a stressful time can make the entire process more pleasant. The stress of experiencing a house fire is serious, but having a team you can trust to help you pick up the pieces is a fantastic way to feel better about the whole scenario.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Services Provided to Restaurants

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Restaurants are some of the most commonly flooded businesses in America, as they are prone to some risk factors that can lead to significant water and flood damage year-round. Many restaurants that are located near rivers, creeks, lakes, or shores, making them vulnerable to heavy rainfalls which cause banks to overflow. Restaurants also have high amounts of water usage as compared to other businesses, which can lead to more interior and clear water flooding than in other commercial establishments. Fortunately, SERVPRO knows how to get a restaurant's doors back open as quickly as possible after these damages, through a few key services. 
Inventory and Stock Management 
One of the most difficult tasks to accomplish alone after commercial water damage is to take inventory of what has been lost, damaged, or left alone in the building. Everything from furniture to valuable kitchen equipment to food stock can be accounted for and should be, for insurance purposes. SERVPRO can help you to keep track of your losses and get proper repayment from an insurer after the event is said and done. 
Rapid Restoration Services 
We have access to a wide variety of powerful tools and machines to help accelerate the process of water removal and restoration, including high-powered air movers, water extractors, deodorizing foggers, UV sanitizers, and more. When used strategically, these machines help businesses to open doors quicker than expected after even the worst water damage. 
Cohesive Teams and Helpful Policies 
We strive to ensure that a restaurant owner understands the process of restoration and can talk to our teams and representatives. Also, our staff is assembled in a way that encourages cohesiveness and cooperation. This also extends to our "white collar" representatives, who can present documentation to insurance adjusters and regulators with maximum efficacy. 

SERVPRO of Dublin/Vidalia/Claxton is a trusted local source of commercial repairs and restorations. Contact us at (912) 538-1323 for our help with your disaster in inconvenience.